patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈte-lə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ pə-​ˈte-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce patellae (audio) , -​ˌlī \ or patellas

Definition of patella

: a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint

called also kneecap

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Other Words from patella

patellar \ pə-​ˈte-​lər How to pronounce patellar (audio) \ adjective

Examples of patella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the latest reports: patella tendinitis; right intercostal strain; right oblique; adductor. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Trump and the virus, the Electoral College, jargon," 10 Sep. 2020 Simmons left Philadelphia's game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third quarter because of injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation of the left patella. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "76ers announce that All-Star Ben Simmons needs knee surgery," 8 Aug. 2020 Knee tendinitis is usually very treatable and typically involves inflammation of the patella tendon, which is between the kneecap and tibia. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "NFL doctor: Post-surgery prognosis for 49ers’ Dee Ford is promising," 8 June 2020 It’s caused by inflammation of the patella tendon, which is located between the kneecap and tibia, and can usually be effectively treated with stretching and strength exercises. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Is knee tendinitis a big deal? NFL doctor discusses 49ers’ Ford, Kinlaw," 2 May 2020 An initial attempt to put the patella back in place failed, and in the weeks that dragged on at the hospital, Benton developed a urinary tract infection, double pneumonia and bad reactions to medications. Jessica Ravitz, ajc, "A caretaker’s dilemma," 25 Apr. 2020 In the traditional method, surgeons use a portion of the knee patella tendon to replace the ACL. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Amari Rodgers Beat the Odds With a Remarkably Fast ACL Recovery," 26 Sep. 2019 In the last week, the team has shut down sluggers Shohei Ohtani (surgery to address bipartite patella in his left knee), Justin Upton (patellar tendinitis in his right knee) and Mike Trout (Morton’s neuroma in his right foot). Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Another Angels injury adds to a challenging first year for manager Brad Ausmus," 17 Sep. 2019 The Suns were missing ex-Piston Aron Baynes (left hip), Tyler Johnson (right knee), Frank Kaminsky (right patella) and Dario Saric (left ankle). Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons put out Suns, 116-108, with big game from trade target Andre Drummond," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of patella

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish

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The first known use of patella was in 1634

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“Patella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patella. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈte-lə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ -​ˈte-​lē , -​ˈte-​ˌlī \ or patellas

Kids Definition of patella

patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈtel-ə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ -​ˈtel-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce patellae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce patellae (audio) \ or patellas

Medical Definition of patella

: a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee, protects the front of the joint, increases the leverage of the quadriceps, and is usually regarded as a sesamoid bone since it is developed in the tendon of the quadriceps and in structure is similar to other sesamoid bones

called also kneecap, kneepan

Other Words from patella

patellar \ -​ər How to pronounce patellar (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on patella

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about patella

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